Sandie Johannessen to Lead Minor Hotels’ Spa and Wellness in Asia

Sandie Johannessen to Lead Minor Hotels’ Spa and Wellness in Asia

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Published on December 11, 2023

Minor Hotels, a distinguished hospitality group based in Bangkok, has announced the appointment of Sandie Johannessen as the new Group Director of Spa and Wellness for Asia. This strategic move marks a significant step in the company's commitment to enhancing its spa and wellness offerings across the continent.

In her new capacity, Johannessen will be overseeing the spa and wellness operations, development, and brand standards across all Minor Hotels’ brands in Asia. Her responsibilities also include forging strategic partnerships with renowned entities such as VIVID by Verita Health, Clinique La Prairie, VLCC, and BDMS Wellness Clinic.

Johannessen brings over two decades of experience in the spa and wellness industry, having worked with some of the world's most prestigious luxury brands across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She has a proven track record of delivering exceptional spa services and creating innovative wellness programs. Her expertise has been recognized by industry authorities like Condé Nast Traveller and World Spa & Wellness. Prior to joining Minor Hotels, she was the Health and Wellness Director at Zulal, a wellness resort by Chiva-Som in Doha, Qatar.

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Expressing her excitement about the new role, Johannessen mentions her deep connection with Thailand, the homeland of her grandparents, and her eagerness to share her passion for spa and wellness in the region. She holds a Bachelor in Yogic Science from Bangalore University, India, and is trained as a dietary analyst and educator from Middlesex University, UK. Johannessen is not only an industry expert but also an avid writer, speaker, panelist, and an active member of the VL Business Club.

Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels, expressed enthusiasm about Johannessen joining the team. He highlighted her visionary leadership and extensive experience, which will be instrumental in enhancing the group’s spa and wellness offerings and contributing to the expansion of Minor Hotels in Asia.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is a global player in the hotel industry, currently operating more than 540 hotels worldwide. The group is known for its diverse portfolio of properties and is actively expanding its presence through brand development and strategic acquisitions. Minor Hotels operates under various brands, including Anantara, Avani, Oaks, and Tivoli, and has a presence in 56 countries across multiple continents.


The St. Regis Goa Resort Welcomes Shanti Sanga as Reservations Manager

The St. Regis Goa Resort Welcomes Shanti Sanga as Reservations Manager

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

The St. Regis Goa Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Shanti Sanga as its new reservations manager. With over 11 years of distinguished service in the hospitality industry, Sanga brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of excellence to the team.

Shanti Sanga began her career with management training in front office at Clarks Exotica, Convention Resort & Spa, Bengaluru, and has since held key roles at Taj MG Road Bengaluru, Four Points by Sheraton, Pune, and Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center. Her exceptional contributions in these roles have been widely recognized.

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Having previously worked with Marriott International, Sanga is well-acquainted with the standards of excellence expected in the industry. She is particularly drawn to The St. Regis Goa Resort's unique location, surrounded by lush greenery, rivers, lagoons, and the beach. She leads by being cooperative and supportive and believes in fostering an environment where team members feel valued and accountable.

"We are truly excited to have Shanti join our team. Her extensive experience and passion for excellence align perfectly with our commitment to providing outstanding guest experiences. Shanti's innovative approach and dynamic leadership will undoubtedly enhance our reservations operations and contribute significantly to our resort’s ongoing success," said Satish Kumar, General Manager of The St. Regis Goa Resort.

Combining timeless glamour with a vanguard spirit, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is committed to delivering exquisite experiences at more than 50 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Beginning with the debut of The St. Regis hotel in New York by John Jacob Astor IV at the dawn of the twentieth century, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by the signature St. Regis Butler Service.


Phil Cordell, A Hilton Veteran, Retires After 40-Year Career

Phil Cordell, A Hilton Veteran, Retires After 40-Year Career

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 16, 2024

Phil Cordell, a seasoned executive with Hilton, is retiring after an impressive 40-year tenure with the company. Hilton has announced that Cordell will transition to an advisory role, starting in July, where he will mentor and coach the Hilton team.

Cordell’s journey with Hilton began in high school as a bellman. His dedication and hard work led him to become the general manager of the second Hampton Hotel in 1983. Over the next two decades, he played a pivotal role in expanding Hilton’s All Suites and Focused Service brands, particularly growing the Hampton by Hilton brand into a global leader with over 2,300 hotels in 29 countries by the end of his tenure.

Cordell was instrumental in launching the first Hampton hotel in China in 2015, showcasing his ability to adapt Hilton’s brand to international markets. His leadership extended beyond Hampton, contributing significantly to the success of other Hilton brands such as Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, and Homewood Suites.

In his latest role as Global Head of Lifestyle and New Brand Development, Cordell spearheaded the creation and launch of several innovative brands, including Home2 Suites, Tru, Motto, Tempo, and Spark. Notably, Spark achieved the fastest announcement-to-market timeline in Hilton’s history, debuting its first hotel just ten months after the brand was announced.

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Cordell’s departure marks the end of an era, but his legacy will continue to influence Hilton’s growth. Kevin Osterhaus, who recently joined Hilton as President of Global Lifestyle Brands, will succeed Cordell. Osterhaus will oversee the development of several Hilton brands, including Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, Graduate by Hilton, Motto by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, and Tempo by Hilton. Osterhaus brings experience from his previous role as President of Graduate Hotels, which Hilton acquired earlier this year.

Beyond brand development, Cordell played a crucial role in establishing the Hilton CleanStay program, which set new standards for cleanliness and safety during the pandemic. This initiative has been widely recognized for enhancing guest confidence and ensuring safe hotel stays.

Chris Silcock, Hilton’s President of Global Brands and Commercial Services, expressed gratitude for Cordell’s contributions in an internal letter: “As Phil transitions into an advisory role, let us take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his exceptional leadership, mentorship, and friendship. His legacy of innovation, growth, and genuine ‘Hamptonality’ service will continue to inspire us for years.”

Cordell’s career at Hilton is a testament to his dedication, innovative spirit, and commitment to excellence. His move to an advisory role will ensure that his experience and insights continue to benefit Hilton as the company evolves and expands.

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Pacific Mall NSP Pitampura Presents "Unplugged Season 4" — A Celebration of Musical Talent

Pacific Mall NSP Pitampura Presents "Unplugged Season 4" — A Celebration of Musical Talent

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 15, 2024

Pacific Mall NSP Pitampura is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated event, "Unplugged Season 4," which will showcase the region's top musical talents. The event kicks off with a one-day audition on July 13th, 2024, followed by the grand finale on July 20th, 2024.

"Unplugged Season 4" invites participants in three categories: Solo, Duo, and Group, across a variety of instruments, including Guitar, Drums, and more. Contestants can perform songs in English or Hindi or showcase their original compositions and perform multiple genres such as Rock, Jazz, Blues, Fusion/Indie-Fusion, and Classical, promising a diverse musical extravaganza.

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Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group, expressed his excitement: "We are excited to host 'Unplugged Season 4' at Pacific Mall NSP and look forward to witnessing extraordinary performances from talented musicians. The competition promises to be fierce and exhilarating. The event not only aims to discover new musical talents but also to provide a platform for artists to showcase their creativity and passion for music."

Participants and spectators alike can expect a vibrant and engaging atmosphere as Pacific Mall NSP Pitampura transforms into a hub of musical excellence. "Unplugged Season 4" is set to be a memorable celebration of artistic expression and talent.

For more information about the event and registration details, visit the official website of Pacific Mall NSP Pitampura or follow their social media channels.

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